Papuan Women’s Solidarity (SSP) supports government to crackdown of harmful effects of liquor consumption in Papua.

Thousands of young people, especially students of junior and senior high school would have been the potential target of this liquor problem. (Indonesia Criminology Journal)

Mama-mama Papua (Papuan women) in Anggi district (Doc:JakartaPost)

West papua (ywp) – The Papuan government had effectively banned the production, distribution, and sales of alcoholic beverages since 2016 in accordance with Regional Government’s Regulation Number 15 of 2013. This regulation is touted to be able to protect Papuans from the harmful effects of alcohol consumption, such as loss of consciousness and engaging in acts of domestic violence and crimes.

One example is the crack down on liquor producers and sellers in the Wania forest area of Kaugapu Village, Mimika Timur Sub-district, West Papua, as mentioned by  Papua Police Chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw. During the suppression on a “sopi” maker,  raid operation resulted in the seizure of 15 liters of “sopi” that the suspects stored in a 20-liter jerry can. Police also found several equipment, including a kerosene stove, distillation pipe, and three metal drums, used to produce the traditional liquor. Police has also arrested a certain Dani, alias DM, 37, for allegedly making and selling an alcoholic beverage called “sopi“. Another suspect, only identified as Y, 40, is still being hunted down. A local liquor manufacturer admitted to police investigators of getting Rp2 million by fabricating 20 liters of “sopi” daily.

Being responsive of the dangers, Chairperson of the Papuan Women’s Solidarity (SPP) – Mimika Chapter Ros Namsa Kabes had also urged the Mimika district government and local police to enforce legal sanctions against those selling liquor to Papuan children. Taking into account the harmful effects of liquor consumption, native Papuans are expected to develop a collective awareness of the dire need to support the liquor ban by supervising the sales of alcoholic beverages at minimarkets and kiosks.

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